As we head into the last week of Summer 2016, I hope everyone had a chance to take advantage of some of the drier days earlier this week-- and hopefully, this weekend. Our final Waterfront Concert of the season kicks off tonight at 6PM, where students from the Mike Risko Music School will be showcased before turning the stage over to The Old Mill Singers, who will be performing some contemporary favorites. We are ending the night with our Party in the Park, a DJ dance party by our very own DJ Johnny G, which kicks off at 8:30PM-- it promises to be a great night, so please come down and say goodbye to this great Ossining summer in style!

We also want to share that the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce will be postponing Lobsterfest, which was scheduled for this Saturday, August 27th. We will update you on the new date when it is rescheduled. However, why not check out some other events this weekend? Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining has two events scheduled, starting with Cuerpaso, a fusion of Latin dance and soccer, on Saturday, August 27th. Meet at Nelson Park at 9AM for this creative and fun workout hosted by Lori-Beth Patsey-Villalobos of Open Door; all you need to bring is a soccer ball (but they will have a few to spare). On Sunday, August 28th, Enrique Rosario of ICU Fit Training will lead one of his famous "Sunday Fun-Day" workouts at Engel Park at 9:30AM. Come on down and get in a quick workout with an awesome view!

The Town Board met on Tuesday evening for a combined Regular Meeting and Work Session, during which we discussed a variety of topics, including capital planning in our Parks. However, we also discussed the US Coast Guard's proposed anchorage sites throughout the Hudson River, and the Town Board passed a resolution opposing the request, while also asking for a 90 day extension of the public comment period. We want everyone's voice to be heard on this complex and important issue, and we have joined many other surrounding municipalities to form the Hudson River Waterfront Alliance through which we can come together to support to the "Ban the Barges" campaign. To learn more, you can click here, or follow the link in the banner of the Town's homepage. (As an aside, the Town Board will not be meeting this coming Tuesday, but will be back for a Work Session at 16 Croton Avenue on Tuesday, September 6th at 7:30PM.)

We have a special announcement to share from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The DEC has contracted with a vendor who will be applying aquatic herbicide to stop the spread of hydrilla verticillata, an invasive plant species that has been increasingly present in the Croton River. The herbicide application will begin on Tuesday, August 30th at noon and will last for 24 hours (until noon on Wednesday the 31st).

The following water use restrictions will apply during the time of treatment (August 30th – August 31st, 2016)

  • Swimming and bathing are prohibited for 24 hours after treatment ends
  • Fishing and/or fish consumption is not prohibited-- but the Town does not advise consuming fish at this time
  • Livestock watering is prohibited for 14 days after treatment ends
  • Irrigation or spraying of agricultural crops is prohibited for 7 days after treatment ends
  • This section of the Croton River is not designated as a potable water source and should not be used as drinking water. If the water is used as potable water the endothall concentration should be less than 50 ppb.

If you have any questions, you can contact Dr. Catherine McGlynn, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, NYSDEC, at 518-408-0436 or S┼îLitude Lake Management at 908-850-0303 during business hours.

Another important event coming up will be Senior Law Day, hosted by the Ossining Public Library in the Budarz Theater on Monday, September 12th. Seminars for seniors and their adult caregivers will be offered between 10AM and 1PM on a variety of topics, including Medicare benefits and estate planning (in Spanish) and housing options for seniors and how to avoid scams and frauds (in English). Come a little early, a light breakfast will be served between 9:15AM and 9:45AM. This program is free, but registration is required. Please call Linda Levine at (914) 941-2416 ext. 317 to register or with any questions.

 

 

Ossining's Down to Earth Farmers Market hosts free, fun kids craft activity!

What: Ossining’s Down to Earth Farmers Market.  We have the Westchester Moms Blog offering a fun craft for kids at the picnic table from 9am-Noon as well as music from the Acoustic Medicine Show from 10am-Noon.  Master Gardener Mary will also be at the market to answer your growing questions from 9am-Noon as well.  Pick up the ingredients and try this great recipe.  There is a tasty line up of day vendors: Archaea Organics and Dolce Desserts.  Don’t forget to bring your own reusable shopping bags for carrying home your purchases.  If you forget, there will be a limited amount of reusable shopping bags for sale at $1 each.

When: Every Saturday from 8:30am-1pm.
Where: Intersection of Main & Spring streets, Ossining

 

 

New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef's office has announced upcoming internship openings for the 2016-2017 school year. These unpaid internship opportunities are open to high school and college students who are looking to attain experience in the workplace. Interns develop skills that are both applicable and marketable in the real world. In addition, interns receive valuable experience working within their local communities and throughout New York State. Internships provide a unique learning opportunity to students who wish to pursue an interest in the operations of government. If your child is interested in applying for an internship or wish to receive more information, please contact Jennifer Fields-Tawil at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the office at (914)-941-1111

 

 

Ossining Arts Council - Call to Artists

What:  The Ossining Arts Council is pleased to honor the memory of legendary fisherman and storyteller Henry Gourdine during the month of October with a program we are calling “Fishing On Henry’s Hudson: Henry Gourdine, Ossining’s Master Fisherman”.  As part of the exhibition, all Artists are invited to submit artwork in all media relating to the exhibition’s theme.  To submit your art, please send up to three jpeg files for consideration to: henrygourdine@ossiningartscouncil.org.  A decision regarding your selection will be made on September 26.

When:  Show dates are October 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, at 8 PM and 9, 16, 23, at 3 PM, 2016

Where:  OAC Steamer Firehouse Gallery, 117 Main Street, ,Ossining, NY

Contact:  The Ossining Arts Council. Bonnie Talluto, (914) 502-4157

 

 

Don't forget, the application for the "phase-in", along with all backup paperwork, is due by September 15th, so make sure to give yourself enough time and start early. If you missed the application, you can find it here or in hard copy at 16 Croton Avenue.

--Dana